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Coastguard intervenes to stop raft-up

A police car outside of the Hamilton Police Station (File photograph)

A raft-up highlighted on social media was broken up by the Bermuda Coastguard with participants potentially to appear before the courts.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said BPS were aware of video clips circulating showing a raft-up with “several individuals” on board.

“A Bermuda Coastguard crew on patrol attended the scene,” the spokesman said. “The event was shut down and the vessels involved dispersed.

“The coastguard team took further action to ensure the boats did not move to another location and the activity resumed.

“The identities of individuals involved were recorded. The coastguard is now collaborating with the BPS to prepare a file to be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which will make a determination on any possible further action.”

The spokesman said that officers are still investigating a similar event organised by US clothing line Revolve, and thanked the public for the information they have provided.

He added: “The public is reminded that under the current Covid-19 regulations, raft ups are not permitted at any time.”

The regulations state: “No person shall tie a boat to another boat (raft up) for recreational purposes.”

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Published June 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm (Updated June 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm)

Coastguard intervenes to stop raft-up

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